Just days ago, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, confirmed that bed bugs, the pesky globe-trotting, body-biting critters have hit their base with a vengeance.
It happened to the Marines at Camp Lejeune in 2010 when the worst bed bug infestation since WWII broke out across the United States; the military was not spared. The pests were found there again last August.
Bed bugs get a free ride from location to location in rucksacks, suitcases, and sleeping bags. Warriors who transition from base-to-base are the perfect transporters.
The nasty parasites suck blood from a warm-blooded host. They leave puffy, red and painful bites that are often confused or mistaken for flea bites. Absolute confirmation of a bed bug bite is only made by positively identifying the bug.
DDT was single-handedly the most effective way of killing bed bugs and malaria carrying mosquitoes, “back in the day.” Since that uber-effective pesticide was banned, getting rid of bed bugs these days is no easy feat.
Cherry Point base officials admit they have their work cut out for them.
Navy Times has additional information here.
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